Grad Student Helps Expand RPEC Offerings

Over the past six months, Alison Wilson, a master’s degree candidate in public health, has developed a two-hour workshop on gun violence prevention for middle and high school age youth.  Alison has extensive work experience in the health care field.  She is currently finishing her master’s degree in public health through Des Moines University.  As her final capstone project, Alison chose to work with the Peace Center to plan and offer a new, informative workshop for teens on this critical public health issue.


Working with guidance from RPEC staff, Alison thoroughly researched the national and local impacts of youth gun violence, and incorporated that information into a two-hour interactive session for teens.  The workshop was then pilot tested at the 2015 Youth Peace Summit, refined and revised, and then presented two additional times this summer.  All sessions were co-facilitated by RYPP youth.

One session was presented to a group of teens from Engage The Foundation, who created a public service announcement that they later recorded at the iHeart radio station with Kat Simons.  The second was offered to youth at the Lincoln Mews community center.  Those teens wrote letters about youth gun violence to their legislators and newspaper editors.  Several of their letters were published in the Richmond Free Press.

Alison also took time this summer to participate in our adult conflict resolution and HROC trainings, and has joined our CR training team.  The Peace Center thanks her for her substantial contribution to our curriculum.  If you’re interested in scheduling a 2-3 hour workshop for a group of young people, contact Santa Sorenson